Birdie Hartsough Frey was a prominent Stephenville resident of the last century, and was known in her lifetime as a generous and thrifty person. Although she passed away in 1961, her charitable efforts live on through the Birdie Hartsough Frey Memorial Fund.

Each year, this fund awards grants to charitable organizations serving the Stephenville area. In the last five years, the fund has awarded more than $65,000 in grants, with yearly grants totaling from $10,000 to $15,000.

Recent local recipients of the Birdie Hartsough Frey Memorial Fund have included Big Brothers Big Sisters of Erath County, Come Eat, Inc., Cross Timbers Emergency Response, Cross Timbers Fine Arts Council, Erath County Humane Society, Erath County Senior Citizens, Inc., Harris Methodist Erath, Sherwood and Myrtie Foster Home, Stephenville Historical House Museum, and the Stephenville Volunteer Fire Department.

The Birdie Hartsough Frey Memorial Fund is administered by JP Morgan Chase. Applications for grants to be awarded in 2012 are now being taken online at The deadline for applications is generally Aug. 15 of each year, but has been extended until Friday, Aug. 31 for this year only. Grants will be awarded by Sept. 30. Charitable organizations should make note that each year applications can be made throughout the year online for the grants to be awarded each Sept. 30 by the Birdie Hartsough Frey Memorial Fund.

Applicants must be 501(c)(3) entities with a focus on Arts and Culture, Human and Social Services, Health and Medical Research, Education, Animal Welfare, Religious, Scientific, Community Development, Civic Activities, or the Environment. Anne McCullough at JP Morgan Chase is the trust officer overseeing the fund. She may be contacted with questions at 214-965-2908.